Monthly Archives: May 2013
Last night was a great training session of Shotokan Karate Do. We worked on perfecting an adaptive version of Kata Heian Shodan. We also broke out punching bags to work on combinations. At the end of class I was called to the front for what I thought was going to be a kata demonstration. To my surprise it was to be promoted to Blue belt. Woot!
Sunrise Medical, the makers of my Quickie wheelchair continue to extend the most wonderful support. I received a care package from them and it had really cool stuff. Its like I got a public speaking starter kit!! So stoked and thankful. I’m excited to rock some Quickie love! – Aloha
QUICKIE Live without limits
Holy moly I had so much fun last night! I went to the Waikiki Outrigger Hotel to see a Comedy Show with local comics Augie T. and Andy Bumatai. The comedy show was great! I also charged it transversing Waikiki. When I came across stairs, I just spun around and charge down backwards with some help from a friend. I found an escalator to try going down but it turned to be too narrow, not ADA haha. At the end of the night I caught the elevator to the upper level of the parking structure and wheelchair surfed, zig zagging down the drive to the car. On a flat portion of cement, a friend and I practiced moshing moves for the upcoming Deftones concert this week. We interlocked arms and did the Celtic Punk spin. It was badazz!!
Also it was very cool to make use of my Shotokan Karate skills today. While transferring out of car to chair and rolling away, I reached back behind me to shut the car door and I misjudged its weight. I lost my balance and went diving sideways over my tire, I was going down! But I was able to tighten my trunk a little and rely on reflexes to grab onto my chair and regain balance to avoid falling. Cobra…wait for it..Kai…Dojo!! 🙂 – Aloha
Today I had a killer Shotokan training session. My arm muscles and trunk burned it was such a great workout! My Sensei helps me adapt the art for wheelchair use. We collaborate on techniques that accommodate my level of injury. I am paralyzed from the chest down from a C6 spinal cord injury.
We worked on several punching and blocking techniques. I mimic kicking with arm movements. Some chair users substitute wheelies for kicks. I also worked on a kata today. Its exciting to dial in the art with snappy turns and tight stops and pushes, with quick turning too. Projecting your strength into your movements is very fulfilling and has made me much stronger and more able bodied.
I’m very excited to be a part of adapting arts (I do Ki Aikido also), and hope to share it with others in my demographic.
Yesterday I had the amazing opportunity to speak at a middle school here in Hawaii. I shared my story with 8th graders and explained how drive and passion for life can push our boundaries to make the most of ourselves. I also touched on how important it is to establish a strong sense of community and how in life we are always a part of a whole.
The students were attentive and very interactive with great questions! All in all the message was well received. They were able to relate it to their own lives very well. Yay, success!!
After speaking we had great one on one time. Students approached me for handshakes and photos. I was very much inspired by each and every student as well. Its so exciting to see the future of tomorrow!
Yay!! The day has come when I will finally get to see one of my favorite bands play live. I originally learned about the Deftones in the late nineties while shopping in a grocery store in Kona on the Big Island. I was in the magazine section and as it turned out, the late Chi Cheng’s family was vacationing and also shopping in this store. Chi’s sister Mae was looking thru magazines for an article on her brothers band. We chatted briefly and she told me about Deftones and how they were on tour in Europe. It was on her recommendation that I went out and bought Around the Fur and I’ve been a fan ever since! In these recent years I’ve become dear friends with their wonderful mother Jeanne Cheng.
Deftones will be playing here on Oahu at The Republik on June 2nd, 2013. It’s going to be SIC!!! I’m hoping to do some crowd surfing in my chair !!
Exciting events coming up in the near future… I got my first speaking gig! I was invited to speak at an intermediate school this week on harnessing your drive and passion to make the most of life. I’m so excited and thankful to be given the opportunity. I was invited to speak at the beginning of the school year too.
Yesterday, I received an amazing call from a director at Sunrise Medical, the manufactures of the Quickie wheelchair I use. It was a really exciting explorative conversation about the potential of joining their team. Sunrise has such a great message and has treated me so well I really would love to be a part of that.
Also, the order for my new Spinergy LX wheels was submitted and I’m looking forward to getting those babies slapped on my chair real soon. There will be a photoshoot for Sunrise after they’re installed. I told them yesterday that I’ll try to pull off a slick pose like a hand plant 🙂